JPT Match Preview – Swindon v AFC Wimbledon

Tuesday night sees AFC Wimbledon travel to the County Ground for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Quarter Final tie.

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Milton Keynes and The FA stole the club from the Wimbledon community.

After their meteoric and deserved rise from the depths of non-league football, AFC Wimbledon will be facing Swindon twice in the next fortnight, with Town visiting the Fans’ Stadium in Kingston upon Thames on the 20th November for the League Two clash. Head to Head:

In all competitions Swindon had faced Wimbledon FC on 10 occasions, winning 3, drawing 2 and suffering 5 defeats.

The sides had met twice in the cups, a 2-1 victory at Plough Lane in October 1979 in the League Cup Forth Round tie was followed a year later by a 2-0 defeat in South West London in the FA Cup 2nd Round.

Swindon Team Speculation:

With no fresh injury worries following the 2-0 victory at Port Vale, Paolo Di Canio has only Ahmed Abdulla and long term absentee Abdul Said on the treatment table.

With Di Canio publically stating the JPT is a key competition for himself and the club this season, a strong starting XI is expected to ensure Town progress to the Area Semi-Final.

I do not see the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as an inconvenience. It is a chance to get to Wembley and win a trophy, the reason why we become players and managers.

It motivates the players too, they have ability, but they also have the desire to take opportunities. – speaking to

AFC Wimbledon Team Speculation:

After their 1-1 draw with Barnet at the weekend, reports AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown has the following injury concerns…

Kieran Djilali could start his first game in nearly two months when AFC Wimbledon head to Swindon.

The former Crystal Palace winger has been hindered by a hamstring problem since joining the Dons at the end of August, but he put in a lively cameo as a substitute against Barnet on Saturday.

Assistant boss Stuart Cash, who is still in charge with manager Terry Brown on compassionate leave, has said he will make changes to his starting line-up so Djilali, James Mulley, Charles Ademeno, Ricky Wellard and young goalkeeper Jake Turner could all get chances.

Defender Sam Hatton will sit out through suspension after he was booked for the fifth time this season at the weekend.

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